ban·​tam·​weight | \ ˈban-təm-ˌwāt How to pronounce bantamweight (audio) \

Definition of bantamweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

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Another must-see fight this weekend is Holly Holm challenging bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, which could serve as the fight of the night. Justin Barrasso,, "UFC 239 Burning Questions: Is Daniel Cormier Next if Jon Jones Wins?," 5 July 2019 For nearly a century, Alabama was ruled by Democrats, most infamously George Wallace, the bantamweight pugilist of Barbour County who reigned as supreme governor for 16 years and a day. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The battle for Alabama’s soul," 1 July 2019 In a movie world of bantamweight scares, designed primarily to get you to the next gotcha, writer-director Ari Aster is an outlier. Michael Phillips,, "‘Midsommar’ review: ‘Hereditary’ director follows up with a scary vacation trip," 25 June 2019 The injury dampens an otherwise triumphant first half of the year for Cejudo, who became the fourth simultaneous two-division champ in UFC history by adding the bantamweight belt to his flyweight holding. Steven Marrocco, azcentral, "MMA: UFC champion Henry Cejudo undergoes shoulder surgery, out for rest of year," 20 June 2019 Wineland is a former WEC bantamweight champion with good striking skills. Todd Martin,, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 Cejudo’s Flyweight title is also significant, as a victory may mean that UFC drops the entire flyweight division to instead focus on the bantamweights. Justin Barrasso,, "UFC 238 Live Blog: Tony Ferguson vs. 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone Highlights, Analysis," 8 June 2019 The event's main card will pit bantamweight fighter Henry Cejudo against Marlon Moraes. Kaelen Jones,, "How to Watch UFC 238: Live Stream, Fight Card, Matchups, Start Time," 8 June 2019 Friday’s card also will feature former world super-bantamweight Juan Carlos Payano in a co-main event. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "This Hard Rock boxing card will feature former champions and local talent | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bantamweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh from 112 to 119 pounds (51 to 54 kilograms)

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